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long ago.

Marina Abramovich) his approach to the relationship between body and technology is alternative and new, turning for example a monitor in to a desirable object. Paik studies the hypnotic influence that television has

From Duchamp‘s study on the human body and his book called Nu descendant en escalier (1937), we arrive to the works of Oskar Shiemmer, not going in chronological order but in order of the various topics. He is an artist that belongs to the Bauhaus School/Movement and his studies on geometry in the human body are famous in Das Triadische Ballet (1924) where the theatrical performance of the many machines reminds us that the word “robot” was used for the first time in the play R.U.R by the Czech Karel Ĉapek.

on us, building robots that stay completely still (a sort of contradiction) but that seem to be “alive” in the inside, representing a sort of interior force.

Cyborgs come back in a physicological automatism present in the surreal artists, an automatism that frees the creativity hidden in our subconscious. In this case the cyborg is inside of us all, an involuntary presence, sometimes strange, not controlled in anyway by our minds.

Cyborgs such as: Anas Méchanica Arcano (1997) built by Frédric Vidoni to honour the duck cyborg by Jacques de Vaucanson (1709-1792). A small scribe Le Dessinateur (1774) by Henri-

In the exibihition in Lugano these are the works of art that allow us to discover the real concepts and cherish the experiments done on the relationship between the human body and technology. One must certainly remember Stelarc, who thanks to the idea of cyborgs crossed the limits of the organic body, an obsolete body, incapable of surviving in hostile contexts literarly trapped in a spiderweb full of conflicts ( body-

Louis Jacquet Droz, testifies the greatness of the Illuminist inventors, who made Vaucanson’s duck cyborg able to peck, swallow, digest (all in a mechanical way) and produce a mixture of wheat and water. This shows the miracle of biomorfic micromechanics and the utopia, which we should take example from, hoping that today’s artists are able to finish the incredible work started so

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DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

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